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How to Conserve Energy When Doing Laundry

Watch more How to Go Green at Home videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Doing the laundry uses a lot of water and energy. Here's how to wash your clothes with a clean conscience. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Get a green machine If your washer is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with an energy-efficient one. Energy-efficient models use half the water and about 35% less energy per load. Tip Look for washing machines marked with the Energy Star logo. Step 2: Buy eco-friendly detergent Buy eco-friendly laundry detergent. You can even make your own—recipes are readily available online. Step 3: Only wash full loads Don't do laundry until you have a full load. Step 4: Wash in cold water Unless you're washing baby clothes, wash in cold water. Ninety percent of the energy used in washing clothes comes from heating the water. Tip At the very least, use cold water for the final rinse, which uses almost half the 50 gallons needed to do a load of wash. Step 5: Line dry Line dry as much of your laundry as often as possible. Step 6: Clean the filter When you do use the dryer, clean the lint filter every time so it runs efficiently. Tip Check clothes in the dryer often so you don't run it longer than you need to. Step 7: Wash at off hours In the summer, do laundry in the early morning or late at night, when energy demand is lowest. Did You Know? The average American family does eight loads of laundry a week.
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